Heads in a state: Strange field in rural America filled with giant heads of former presidents

In a remote location in rural America, a photographer has discovered a rather unique gathering: row after row of PRESIDENTIAL BUSTS.

The presidential busts

The presidential busts

Like a zombie graveyard, the field contains 43 gigantic busts, ranging from Tricky Dick to FDR, JFK and Honest Abe.

The giant heads weigh between 11,000 and 20,000lbs, with some standing as tall as 20 feet.

Almost all of the bust are cracked, crumbling and worn by the elements, adding to their eerie appearance but not preventing the presidents from being recognised at first glance.

They are kept on the farm of Howard Hankins in Croaker, Virginia, USA, a location not available to the public.

George Washington in front of presidential busts

George Washington in front of presidential busts

Last month, photographer David Ogden was granted permission to photograph the busts, which have essentially been put out to pasture until they can find a new home.

David, 43, said: “When I first saw these busts in person I couldn’t move – I think my camera even slid out of my hand.

“They were the ones staring at me, they felt alive.”

Farm owner Howard Hankins amongst presidents

Farm owner Howard Hankins amongst presidents

Howard obtained the busts in 2012, after the nearby Presidents Park – an open-air location that allowed visitors to walk between the busts – closed for business, in 2010.

The park cost an estimated $10 million to open in nearby Williamsburg, in 2014, and having helped build the park, Howard was asked if he would destroy the busts – something he refused to do.

Instead, he opted to bring the busts back to his 400-acre farm, 10 miles away from their original location.

Some of the holes and cracks in the busts heads can be attributed to the moving process, which cost a reported $50,000.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s head, for example, now has a large hole in the back; Reagan has a lightening-shaped scar; and other Commander in Chiefs have lost parts of their noses.

Howard has told reporters that he hopes the busts will one day become part an open-air museum once more.

He’s working with local governments to find a new home for them – something he hopes will educate youngsters, who occasionally travel to his farm to see the heads while they are in limbo.

Snapper David added: “The response to these images has been interestingly bipolar.

Ronald Reagan, Woodrow Wilson, Richard M. Nixon, JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson , Theodore Roosevelt, George W. Bush, Grover Cleveland, James A. Garfield, FDR , Chester A. Arthur, Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield, Franklin Pierce, Gerald R. Ford, Andrew Johnson, John Quincy Adams,  James Madison, James Buchanan,  Millard Fillmore, James Monroe

Ronald Reagan, Woodrow Wilson, Richard M. Nixon, JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson , Theodore Roosevelt, George W. Bush, Grover Cleveland, James A. Garfield, FDR , Chester A. Arthur, Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield, Franklin Pierce, Gerald R. Ford, Andrew Johnson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, James Buchanan, Millard Fillmore, James Monroe

“On my Instagram account people seem to either love or hate them.

“I hope they are preserved for the kids, and that’s exactly what contractor Howard Hankins is doing in creating the Williamsburg Presidential Museum Project.

“Reagan’s bust really grew on me. It was so charmingly real and photogenic.”